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Michael Ian Black to Host the 2017 Spirited Awards®

Michaell Ian Black
Black is known for his talents in writing, directing, and acting in comedic works.

New Orleans, LA—July, 18, 2017— Tales of the Cocktail® is honored to announce that Michael Ian Black will host the 2017 Spirited Awards ® in New Orleans. The actor, comedian and author is known worldwide for his work in shows like The State, Viva Variety, Michael and Michael Have Issues and Wet Hot American Summer as well has his legendary sketch comedy groups. He will lead the show that will recognize the spirits industry’s best bars, bartenders, writers and more in 26 different categories. The Spirited Awards will be held Saturday, July 22 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.

“The Spirited Awards are about recognizing the best of our industry. But it’s also an evening for our community to let loose after a week of events. Having Michael Ian Black hosting the awards means we’re in for a very good time on a very special evening,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail ®.

Black’s career began with the legendary sketch comedy group and MTV hit show, The State. From there he has gone on to be recognized around the world for his comedic work in television, film, writing and standup. He co-created the television shows Viva Variety, Stella, and Michael and Michael Have Issues and was heavily featured on VH1's I Love the… series. Most recently, he’s been a lead on TVLand’s The Jim Gaffigan Show , Comedy Central’s Another Period, and the Netflix television series Wet Hot American Summer . Black has also written 11 books, including the recent bestseller, A Child’s First Book of Trump, and is popular podcaster with his regular shows How To Be Amazing, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter.

Since their debut in 2007, the Spirited Awards ® have recognized the best and brightest in the cocktail and spirits industries. The award categories stretch from bartenders and brand ambassadors to bars and writers in order to ensure that every aspect of the industry receives recognition for it’s contributions. For these efforts, the Spirited Awards ® have grown to become one of the most coveted an industry professional can receive. A panel industry experts, led by Charlotte Voisey, took part in a week-long voting process to choose their picks for Awards finalists. These votes were then reviewed and tallied up by Advisory Committee Members to determine the top finalists in each category.

The Spirited Awards® are one of more than 200 events at the 15 th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®, the world’s premier professional cocktail festival, being held in New Orleans July 18-23, 2017. Tales of the Cocktail caters to bartenders, distillers, writers and other spirits professionals with a series of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. To see this year’s awards finalists or to learn more about the Spirited Awards ®, visit

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About Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchanging of new ideas, products and techniques.

Tales of the Cocktail also produces a number of other events and programs such as Tales of the Cocktail on Tour, Tales 365, Tales of the Toddy and Daiquiri Season, all to further the mission of supporting and growing the international cocktail community.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

Tales of the Cocktail is produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the cocktail industry in New Orleans and around the world. In addition to offering opportunities to learn and acquire new skills through Tales of the Cocktail events and Tales 365, the NOCCPS invests the proceeds back into the spirits industry. Since 2008, the NOCCPS has invested more than $886,000 into programs like the Cocktail Apprentice Program, a tuition reimbursement program, the Apprentice medical aid fund, educational scholarships and a new health and wellness program for members of the hospitality industry.

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